Dorotheos of Gaza

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A [[monk]] known for his [[sermon]]s, Dorotheos of Gaza was born c. 500 in Antioch into a wealthy family. He received a classical education and developed a love of books. He became a monk and was a disciple of Barsanuphrios. C. 540, he left this [[monastery]] to found his own. He may have left because of his fondness for the writings of [[Evagrius Ponticus|Evagrius Pontus]], whose work is sometimes considered similar to that of [[Origen]], whom Barsanuphrios had condemned. As [[archimandrite]], Dorotheos wrote spiritual instructions for his monks in which he praises [[humility]] above all the other virtues. Dorotheos died c. 560, and his works are known largely through quotations found in the writings of Theodore of Studios and his disciples. ([http://www2.evansville.edu/ecoleweb/glossary/dorotheos.html Source and © Karen Rae Keck])
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[[File:1308 Dorotheus of Gaza Dyonisiou.jpg|St Dorotheus of Gaza|right]]Our venerable and God-bearing Father '''Dorotheos of Gaza''' (also ''Dorotheus'' or '''Dorotheos of Egypt''') was a sixth-century [[hermit]]. He practiced [[asceticism]] in the desert of Egypt for 60 years, and became known for his sermons. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[September 16]] and [[August 13]] in the Greek (and Romanian) tradition.
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==Quotes==
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==Life==
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Dorotheus, an Egyptian hermit, was a native of the Thebaid region in Egypt and labored in asceticism for 60 years in the Skete desert, on the Western side of the River Nile. Palladius, [[Bishop]] of Helenopolis and author of the renowned ''Lausiac History'', was a [[disciple]] of Dorotheus in his youth, and preserved what memories we have of him. According to his work, Dorotheus led an austere and ascetical life. After finishing his [[prayer]]s, he would venture into the heat of noon and gather stones along the seashore to build [[cell]]s for the other hermits. By night he would weave baskets, in exchange for which he received the supplies he needed in order to live.
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His food consisted of bread and the the grass of the wilderness and would eat only once a day and drank a little water. He barely slept, but only dozed off sometimes at work, or after eating.
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Once, St. Dorotheus sent his disciple to fetch water, but he returned saying that he saw a snake in the well and that the water in the well was now poisoned. St. Dorotheus went to the well himself, took up a ladle of water, and making the Sign of the Cross over it he drank it, saying: "Where the Cross is, there the demonic powers do no harm." St. Dorotheus died peacefully at an advanced age.
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==Quotation==
 
"What we need is a little labor! Let us endure this labor that we may obtain mercy."
 
"What we need is a little labor! Let us endure this labor that we may obtain mercy."
  
==Further details==
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==External links==
* [http://www2.evansville.edu/ecoleweb/articles/dorotheos.html Dorotheos of Gaza - article by Timothy W. Seid (The Ecole Initiative)]
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=102632 Venerable Dorotheus the Hermit of Egypt] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=September&day=16 The Venerable Dorotheus] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
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*[http://www2.evansville.edu/ecoleweb/articles/dorotheos.html Dorotheos of Gaza] by Timothy W. Seid (The Ecole Initiative)
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*[http://www2.evansville.edu/ecoleweb/glossary/dorotheos.html Dorotheos of Gaza] by Karen Rae Keck (The Ecole Initiative)
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*[http://www.scourmont.be/studium/bresard/13-gaza.htm The Monks of Gaza c. 500]
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*[http://www.taize.fr/en_article5234.html Dorotheus of Gaza (Sixth Century) Humility and Communion]
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*[[w:Dorotheus of Gaza|''Dorotheus of Gaza'' at Wikipedia]]
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*"Directions on the Spiritual Life" by Abba Dorotheus of Gaza from ''Early Fathers from the Philokalia'', Parts [http://www.innerlightproductions.com/thoughts/jan0701.htm I], [http://www.innerlightproductions.com/thoughts/jan1401.htm II], [http://www.innerlightproductions.com/thoughts/jan2101.htm III], [http://www.innerlightproductions.com/thoughts/jan2801.htm IV], and [http://www.innerlightproductions.com/thoughts/feb0401.htm V]
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*[http://www.antiochian.org/1140710376 The Ethos of Lent] by V. Rev. Fr. George Morelli
  
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[[Category:Church Fathers]]
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[[Category:Egyptian Saints]]
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St Dorotheus of Gaza
Our venerable and God-bearing Father Dorotheos of Gaza (also Dorotheus or Dorotheos of Egypt) was a sixth-century hermit. He practiced asceticism in the desert of Egypt for 60 years, and became known for his sermons. His feast day is celebrated on September 16 and August 13 in the Greek (and Romanian) tradition.
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Life

Dorotheus, an Egyptian hermit, was a native of the Thebaid region in Egypt and labored in asceticism for 60 years in the Skete desert, on the Western side of the River Nile. Palladius, Bishop of Helenopolis and author of the renowned Lausiac History, was a disciple of Dorotheus in his youth, and preserved what memories we have of him. According to his work, Dorotheus led an austere and ascetical life. After finishing his prayers, he would venture into the heat of noon and gather stones along the seashore to build cells for the other hermits. By night he would weave baskets, in exchange for which he received the supplies he needed in order to live.

His food consisted of bread and the the grass of the wilderness and would eat only once a day and drank a little water. He barely slept, but only dozed off sometimes at work, or after eating.

Once, St. Dorotheus sent his disciple to fetch water, but he returned saying that he saw a snake in the well and that the water in the well was now poisoned. St. Dorotheus went to the well himself, took up a ladle of water, and making the Sign of the Cross over it he drank it, saying: "Where the Cross is, there the demonic powers do no harm." St. Dorotheus died peacefully at an advanced age.

Quotation

"What we need is a little labor! Let us endure this labor that we may obtain mercy."

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